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Types of Window Treatments to Use with Doors

Natural Roman Shades

There are so many suitable options when it comes to coverings for windows in your home that your biggest challenge might be choosing from too many seemingly perfect products. However, you may also find yourself having to cover larger expanses of glass if your home features sliding glass doors, French doors, or other doors with windows in them.

This can be a bit more difficult because you need to make sure your doorways remain functional, insomuch as people can use them as points of entry. If you choose the wrong window treatments for your doors, you could end up creating a hazard for people entering and exiting the home. Which types of window dressings for doors will provide the privacy you prefer without the danger of harm? Here are a few things to consider.

The Trick with Vertical Window Dressings

You can enhance the drama of doors by adding height with vertical window treatments, but there are a couple of caveats to utilizing floor-length drapes or vertical blinds. These window dressings are designed to rest outside a window frame, which means they could impede traffic through doorways. For this reason, it is imperative that you make sure they are fully outside the perimeter of the door frame when open.

You’ll want to set the curtain rod well above the door and make sure it extends far enough on either side that the curtains completely clear the door frame when open. This will not only ensure an unobstructed view, but also reduce tripping or other hazards for people crossing the threshold.

Hiding Hardware

Because you’ll need significantly more robust hardware to support massive drapes or vertical blinds for doors, you may want to hide it with the help of a valance or cornice. You will need some extra height in the room for this, so make sure to seek professional help before you buy a product that might not fit.


In addition to vertical window treatments, you have the option to install horizontal window coverings like blinds or shades. These will not be placed outside the perimeter of the door frame, but rather on the doors themselves. This means they have to be fitted perfectly to your doors, so precise measurements are a must.

The main draw of this type of window treatment for your doors is that you remove the potential hindrance of window dressings that must be moved aside in order for the doors to remain functional. With horizontal window treatments, the coverings move with the doors and are never in the way. In addition, you gain added control over privacy and natural light coming in, especially when you choose cellular blinds that allow diffuse light in through fabric panels.


Like blinds, shades will attach to the top of the door and they can be drawn up to allow for lighting and a view outside. If you choose Roman shades, you have plenty of opportunity to add depth, dimension, and drama to your doors thanks to attractive pleating.

If you’re tired of wondering whether outsiders are getting a gander of your home and your family through uncovered glass doors, it’s time to contact the experts at The Blinds Side at 410-630-6940 or [email protected] to schedule a consultation and explore your options for suitable window treatments.